FTC continues robocall crackdown, stops groups responsible for 'billions' of calls

As the war against robocalls wages on, the Federal Trade Commission claims to have won yet another victory against the illegal spammers.

In a release this week, the agency touted that it shut down "four separate operations" that were responsible for "bombarding consumers nationwide with billions of unwanted and illegal robocalls."

“We have brought dozens of cases targeting illegal robocalls, and fighting unwanted calls remains one of our highest priorities,” said Andrew Smith, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, in the release.

As part of the settlements the agency reached with the organizations, those found to have been spamming owe the FTC penalties ranging from hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars.

In instances where the companies don't have enough money to cover the penalty, such as in the case with a group called Higher Goals Marketing that used robocalls to solicit fake debt-relief service, the judgments will be suspended when the defendants "turn over all of their available assets" to the agency.

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson was interrupted by a robocall in the middle of a live interview on stage at the Economic Club of Washington, D.C., earlier this month.

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